This little cute thing, pushing up through other plants, is a juniper tree. Juniper is one of our 21 native trees. Known as ‘Aiteal’ in Irish and ‘Juniperus communis’ in Latin. Its wood was considered most fragrant of all the trees. It was used to ward of evil spirits on Oíche Shamhna (Halloween) and in more recent times to make gin with its tasty berries. If that isn’t a good incentive to plant one, what is?